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The Towering Inferno
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  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
  • Year: 1974
Audio
English: Dolby Surround, 4.0 Dolby Surround, 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio / Spanish: Mono
Subtitles:
English & Spanish / Subtitled

Synopsis

A dedication ceremony at the world's tallest skyscraper turns into a high-rise catastrophe when a defective wire in its systems-control panel causes an electrical flare-up. Within minutes the gala event turns into a hellish inferno, as a raging fire traps society's most prominent citizens on the top floor. Winner of three Academy Awards, this spectacular suspense thriller features dazzling special effects and a star studded cast including Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden and Faye Dunaway.

Disc Information

**Commentary by F.X. Feeney - Film Historian
**Scene Specific Commentary by Mike Vezina, Special Effects Director on X3
**Scene Specific Commentary by Branko Racki, Stunt Coordinator on The Day After Tomorrow
**32 Extended and Deleted Scenes and 1 Alternate Opening Sequence

**Inside the Tower: We Remember Featurette
**Innovating Tower: The SPFX of an Inferno Featurette
**The Art of Towering Featurette
**Irwin Allen: The Great Producer Featurette
**Directing the Inferno Featurette
**Putting out Fire Featurette
**Running on Fire Featurette
**Still the Worlds Tallest Building Featurette
**The Write Stirling Silliphant Featurette
**AMC Backstory: The Towering Inferno Featurette

**6 Storyboard Comparisons

**Vintage Promotional Materials: NATO Presentation Reel, Original 1974 Featurette #1, Original 1974 Featurette #2

**Irwin Allen 1977 Interview

*Trailer Farm: The Towering Inferno Teaser, The Towering Inferno Trailer, The Poseidon Adventure Trailer

**Interactive Galleries:
*American Cinematographer Article
*The Towering Inferno and How It Was Filmed
*Photographing The Dramatic Sequences for "The Towering Inferno"
*"Action Unit" Lives Up To Its Name While Shooting "The Towering Inferno"

**Stills Galleries:
*Shot Compositions
*Publicity
*Behind the scenes
*Conceptual Sketches
*Costumes
*Cross-promo Fox on BD Trailers

Cast & Crew

Steve McQueen ... Fire Chief Michael O'Hallorhan
Paul Newman ... Doug Roberts
William Holden ... James Duncan
Faye Dunaway ... Susan
Fred Astaire ... Harlee Claiborne
Richard Chamberlain ... Simmons
Malcolm Atterbury ... Jeweler

Reviews

Variety Staff Variety | September 22, 2008

The Towering Inferno is one of the greatest disaster pictures made, a personal and professional triumph for producer Irwin Allen.

Vincent Canby New York Times | May 09, 2005

You may not come out of the theater with any important ideas about American architecture or enterprise, but you will have had a vivid, completely safe nightmare.

Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times | October 23, 2004

The Towering Inferno is a brawny blockbuster of a movie, by far the best of the mid-1970s wave of disaster films.

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